Council Tax On Live-On-Site Caravan
Posted 06 April 2016 - 10:58 AM
Did people who lived on site get Council tax on their caravans?
I ask because the caravan that the people who did our conversion used can still be viewed on our Council Tax register as a crossed-out entry (now that it has gone).
Posted 06 April 2016 - 11:15 AM
They got my back up, so I dug around (with help from members here) and found that Council Tax can only be levied if a property is deemed to be a rateable hereditament, under the Rating Act of (I think) 1969 or thereabouts. The useful point I found was that any property that doesn't have a potable water supply cannot be deemed to be a rateable hereditament, under a court ruling (can't remember the date and reference, but it's on here somewhere). I've very deliberately delayed having our official (as in done by the council Environmental Protection Team) water test done so that I don't have to pay Council Tax. I've only done this because the council snooping around inside our fencing really angered me, so I'm forcing them to have a penalty for their actions.
The answer as to whether a lived in caravan on site during a build is liable for Council Tax goes back to that Rating Act and associated case law, so may be worth checking. For example, if the only source of potable water was from containers transported to the site, then I suspect it would not be a rateable hereditament and so couldn't be liable for Council Tax. Undoubtedly there are other quirks in that act and associated case law that could be similar.
Posted 06 April 2016 - 11:29 AM
Despite notifying the council of the demolition, they took 6 months to contact us about changing the council tax - we were not being proactive, just in case we got the new build up before they noticed
Anyhow, they've changed our rate to the lowest possible and are in the process of refunding us the overpayment. When we complete, they'll re-asess the new house.
Posted 06 April 2016 - 01:50 PM
So as discussed before I will not make it habitable until we are ready to use it. I will be connecting the pipewrok to the treatment plant soon, but I will leave out the electricity connection to the treatment plant, so it still won't be habitable until we want it to be so.
Posted 06 April 2016 - 01:58 PM
With regard a caravan, I have one and stay in it intermittently but never full time so give my address as Bristol where I pay council tax but with the neighbour from hell next door I am sure I am going to be challenged at some time. Historically the site ( previous bungalow) had water from a well but that and the pump etc was lost in the fire so no water supply ( but they dont know I found an old water pipe I guess was used for a trough in our field so connected the caravan to that )
Posted 06 April 2016 - 02:15 PM
You can stay in a caravan on your land without planning permission (and therefore I presume without council tax obligation) providing you don't do so for more tha 28 days in a year.
Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:20 PM
I think you are thinking of a private water supply, which legally can't be used (thererfore the house is not habitable) until it has been tested and deemed to be okay.
Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:33 PM
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 01:06 PM
No, I mean paying no council tax at all as I will be staying onsite some of the time ( back in a proper house in Bristol for a rest and to see swmbo ) and told the planners it was a site office !!!
Posted 07 April 2016 - 01:14 PM